Certificate III in Individual Support: What You Need to Know

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Cert III in Individual Support:

New Aged, Disability and Community Care Course

Update: The new CHC33015 Cert III in Individual Support online course is now open for enrolments! Simply click below to get more details on your preferred training qualification:

  1. Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)
  2. Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
  3. Certificate III in Individual Support (Home Care)

 

 

Australia’s population is ageing at an alarming rate.

Australian Bureau of Statistics forcasts predict that within just a few decades, at least 1 in every 5 people in the country will be aged 65 or older. This is putting massive pressure on the aged and community care industry to supply the country with enough qualified health care workers to provide the kind of support and quality of life we expect for elderly Australians.

To prepare the Australian aged care workforce to meet this massive demand, the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council (CSHISC) recently announced an updated training package to give personal care and support workers more flexibility to meet the needs of this industry.

The brand new Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) is included in this package. It supersedes the current Certificate III level courses in aged, disability and home and community care and is now the standard qualification for the industry.

So how is the Certificate III in Individual Support different and will this affect you?

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. What will happen to the Aged, Community and Disability Care courses?
  2. What are the CHC33015 core and elective course units?
  3. How can you specialise in Aged, Disability or Home and Community Care?
  4. How much Vocational Placement do you now need?
  5. When was the Certificate III in Individual Support released?
  6. Will current aged and community workers have to upgrade their qualification?
  7. Should new aged and community care workers wait for the new qualification?
  8. Are you required to have a specialisation?
  9. How do I enrol in the new Certificate III in Individual Support?

1. What will happen to the Aged, Community and Disability Care courses?

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support replaces three old and superseded qualifications:

  1. Certificate III in Aged Care (CHC30212),
  2. Certificate III in Home and Community Care (CHC30312) and
  3. Certificate III in Disability (CHC30408)

The new qualification will still allow you to specialise in one of these three areas of personal care – disability, aged care, and home and community care – but this will be achieved by you completing a specific set of units as part of you Individual Support course, rather than enrolling in a particular qualification.

The 3 superseded courses have 14 total units each. The new Certificate III in Individual Support has just 13 total course units, including:

  • 7 core units and
  • 6 elective units
    • ◦ At least 4 units must be from the list of electives provided by the CSHISC and at least 2 of these must be from elective Group A, B or C below
    • ◦ Up to 2 units may be from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course that is related to your work outcome

2. What are the CHC33015 core and elective course units?

The Cert III in Individual Support allows you to specialise in 3 different areasWhen you enrol in this course, there are 7 core units you must complete no matter which specialisation you wish to complete:

  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
  • CHCCCS023 Support independence and well being
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

The 6 elective units are split into 3 main groups. You are free to choose a set of electives, and your chosen units will determine which specialisation you will gain:

Group A  – AGEING specialisation (3 units)

  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs

Group B – DISABILITY specialisation (4 units)

  • CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
  • CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
  • CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

Group C – HOME AND COMMUNITY specialisation (5 units)

  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people

or

  • CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
  • CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
  • CHCHCS001 Provide home and community support services

You can also potentially choose from 54 Other Electives named by the CSHISC that are related to Health and Community Care, Business, Hospitality and Transport and Logistics. In many cases, your training provider will have already picked electives and designed a course that will ensure you get great career outcomes from your new qualification.

The complete list of possible electives can be found on www.training.gov.au.

3. How can you specialise in Aged Care, Disability, or Home and Community Care?

The Certificate III in Individual Support will allow you to specialise in 3 care settings. You can specialise in just a single area or choose any combination including gaining specialisations for all 3.

A. If you want to be a specialist in an aged care setting and gain the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing), you need to complete 13 units:

  • 7 core units
  • 3 electives from Group A
  • At least 1 elective from Group B, Group C or Other Electives listed by the CSHISC
  • Up to 2 electives related to your work outcome from any endorsed training package

B. If you want to be a specialist in a community care setting and gain the Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), you need to complete 13 units:

  • 7 core units
  • 4 electives from Group B
  • 2 additional electives from Group A, Group C, or Other Electives listed by the CSHISC or any elective related to your work outcome from any endorsed training package

C. If you want to be a specialist in a disability setting and gain the Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community), you need to complete 13 units:

  • 7 core units
  • At least 4 electives from Group C
  • 2 additional electives from Group A, Group B, or Other Electives listed by the CSHISC or any elective related to your work outcome from any endorsed training package

4. How much Vocational Placement do you now need?

Aged and Disabled CarersHands on experience is extremely important in the health and community care industry.

Current certificate III courses in aged care, disability and home and community care require at least 80 hours of vocational placement in a registered care facility.

The new Certificate III in Individual Support increases the minimum amount of vocational placement to 120 hours.

This change gives new personal care workers more time to practice the lessons from their course units and to learn from current care professionals. Familiarity with how the industry works and experience in handling real life situations can also increase your employability when your start applying for jobs after graduating.

Registered care providers also benefit from this by having fully qualified carers ready to fill in the vacancies created by the huge demand in Australia. A skilled workforce helps aged care facilities and community care centers comply with industry quality standards.

5. When was the Certificate III in Individual Support released?

The CSHISC, the industry skills body for health and community services, submitted the proposed training package last May 2015.

It was officially endorsed on 6 August 2015 the Department of Education and Training. This means registered training organisations (RTO) now have the green light to begin delivering training for this new qualification.

6. Will current aged and community workers have to upgrade their qualification?

Aged care facilities, community centres and other care providers prioritise staff who have formal qualifications. Most qualified carers today hold qualifications like the Cert III in Aged Care, but there are no formal industry requirements on what course you should complete.

If you are already working in aged, disability or community care, gaining additional specialisations with the Certificate III in Individual Support can be helpful to expand your career.

Consult with your employer on what qualification would be ideal and if they can support you in your studies.

7. Should new aged and community care workers wait for the new qualification?

Study the Certificate III in Disability Online with Inspire Education!If you are just starting a career in personal or community care, you can still take up courses such as the Cert III in Home and Community Care, which are still valid today.

Training organisations still need time to develop course materials for the new Certificate III in Individual Support because it has just recently been finalised. They will have 12 months to transition students to this new qualification.

You don’t need to delay starting your career by a year because the certificate III courses in aged care, disability and home and community care will still be valid during this period.

Holding a qualification now helps you apply for jobs and gain valuable work experience. You can use this work experience to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning and gain credit for the new course units if you decide to specialise in the new qualification later on.

8. Are you required to have a specialisation?

No, choosing and gaining one or more of the 3 specialisations is not required. You will gain the Certificate III in Individual Support qualification as long as you meet its new packaging rules.

Summary: The Certificate III in Individual Support

A new training package has just been released to help Australians fill in job vacancies in the health and community care industry created by our rapidly ageing population.

Instead of having separate courses for Aged Care, Disability and Home and Community Care, these are now merged into a single qualification called the Certificate III in Individual Support.

This new course features major changes to core and elective units, more placement hours to gain experience, and the opportunity to specialise in one or more care settings.

 

Cert III Aged Care

(CHC30212)

Cert III Home & Community Care

(CHC30312)

Cert III Disability

(CHC30408)

Cert III Individual Support

(CHC33015)

Release Date May 2012 May 2012 October 2013 August 2015
Valid Until August 2016 August 2016 August 2016 Until next industry update
Course Units

14 total:

10 core

4 electives

14 total:

9 core

5 electives

14 total:

9 core

5 electives

13 total:

7 core

6 electives

Vocational Placement Hours Minimum of 80 hours Minimum of 80 hours Minimum of 80 hours Minimum of 120 hours
Allows for specialisation? No No No Yes
Career Outcome Support people in an aged care setting Support people in an home and community setting Support people with a disability More flexibility to support people in aged care, home and community care and/or disability settings through specialisations

 

Inspire Education is currently developing the Certificate III in Individual Support to give new and current personal care workers the freedom to choose multiple specialisations.

If you want to be among the first to hold this new qualification, simply enquire on the Aged Care course page to be notified right away when it becomes available.

 

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  • Sisilia Fifita says:

    I am interested on the Cert.111 on Individual Support

    • Luke Imbong Luke Imbong says:

      Hi Sisilia! RTOs are still developing the Cert III in Individual Support because it was just approved a little over a month ago. You can still the study the existing Certificate III in Aged Care or Home and Community Care since these will still be valid until 2016. Additionally, aged carers and support workers aren’t required to upgrade their aged care qualifications so you can get qualified today and advance your career.

      Holding a qualification now allows you to pursue jobs faster. You can then use this industry experience to possibly gain Recognition of Prior Learning should you decide to study again for the Cert in Individual Support 🙂

      I hope that helps, Sisilia! Please feel free any questions you might have. You can also get a free course infopack here and speak with our Enrolment Coordinator by signing up here:

  • Rebecca says:

    Hi,

    I see that you still offer Cert 3 Aged Care, which I have already enquired about but when will you have the Cert 3 Individual Support course available?

    Regards.
    Rebecca

    • Luke Imbong Luke Imbong says:

      Hi Rebecca! The Certificate III in Individual Support online course will be open to students in a few months’ time. We will post it here on our website straight away so please watch out for it.

  • Melanie Deering says:

    Certificate III in Individual Support – Are we any closer to this course being released for study please?

    • Luke Imbong Luke Imbong says:

      Hi Melanie! Yes, we’re almost launching the Cert III Individual Support with a specialisation in Aging over the next few weeks. You don’t have to wait, however. You can enrol in the Cert III in Aged Care since we will give all aged care students a FREE upgrade to the Individual Support course when it is released 🙂

  • Tony Smith says:

    Please can you inform me how much is your CHC33015: Certificate III in Individual Support

  • Joe says:

    Hey.!
    I am an international student doing Bachelors here. Can I do this course. If I can, Which education provider should I choose ? Can i work for 40 hours fortnight. ?

    • Luke Imbong Luke Imbong says:

      Hi Joe! If you are on a student visa, then you can only enrol in CRICOS registered training organisations (RTO). These RTOs are the ones designed to cater to overseas students like yourself. You can get a list of RTOs you can enrol in at http://cricos.education.gov.au/. Goodluck in your studies!

    • Diana says:

      Hello Joe,
      I noticed your comment and I would like to ask if you have finished CERT III in Individual Support? I am also international student in Nursing, and I can’t find job in healthcare without Cert III, so I am thinking now if it is worth to take it and if I manage to study both at the same time – Nursing and Cert III. Could you please tell me how many hours per week Cert III requires?

      Thanks!

  • Marc says:

    Hi , currently how much is the Cert III Individual Support ( I cannot get funding as I have another Cert III ) and how long does it take to complete ?
    Also is placement included or do I find my own ?
    Thanks

  • kathy says:

    I am from philippines and I would like to enroll the course individual support there in Australia if possible in Victoria can you help me about the requirements, may I ask what are the requirements like ielts, show money, tuition fees and other info’s about this course thank you…Hope to here from you at the soonest time

  • Karen says:

    Hello…After completing the course and being successful, how long will it take to process the certificate III and be mailed out. Some say it can take up to 3 months before you will receive it from the College. So I am guessing without the certificate you cannot work in a facility. THANKYOU.

    • Luke Imbong Luke Imbong says:

      Hi Karen! The processing time depends on which RTO/College you enrol with since processes can differ a lot. In some cases, you can get another type of document from your RTO that says you’ve completed the course while waiting for the actual certificate to arrive. You can show this to your potential employer if they require evidence. Hope that helps!

  • Moumoni Saha says:

    Hi Luke, can get your e-mail address please? I have some queries about certificate iii in individual support course.

  • Warwick Player says:

    I am about to enrol in the certificate3 individual Support(ageing) CHC33015 course.
    Can you tell me if this course will allow me to be qualified to work in nursing home as an Assistant in Nursing. Thank you.warwick

  • Carol says:

    Hi there,

    I am I very interestered in doing the Cert lll in HACC, and wandering if credits are attained for a Cert IV in Education Support.

    Thanks

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